Friday, January 16, 2015

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

Guess what time it is?!

Sewing Anniversary time! Yay!!!! I've been sewing for 2 years as of January 24th and blogging for 2 years as of February 1st.

Last year I talked about how I started sewing (now in an "about me" link above), 'tips from a newbie', and what my goals were for year 2. Well I already talked about goals for year 3 here (and meeting year 2 goals) sooooo...we can skip past all that and get to some good stuff...

GIVEAWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With a theme of "my favorite things", I have 3 prizes to share with my sewing friends! I ask (not demand, and I will not check - lazy) that you be an actual reader of my blog. I totally get that people read/follow and don't necessarily comment - that's okay - but I would feel warm and fuzzy on the inside if you were a follower and not just here for the prizes.

Now, we sewers can have short memories so I'll tell ya, I'm totally kicking it 'new school' with pattern giveaways. :)


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Prize A
I contacted Alexandra of In House patterns to ask about gift certificates. She doesn't have that as an option right now, and my next idea was to purchase a copy of the Kimono tee as a giveaway. Well she was gracious enough to offer up one free pattern of your choosing! YAY!!!!!

Visit the shop here and take a look at the offerings.

  • Patterns are (typically?) sized 0-16 or XS-XL (size chart here). 
  • The Cool Cowl, Belle Blouse and Kimono Tee are drafted for D cups (YAY US!!!!!!!!!!!!!). 
  • The Blossom and Diana for A, B, C or D and the Jenny tee for A/B and C/D. 
  • There are also a skirt, cropped pants and shorts. 




Prize(pack) B
You all know I'm by and large a Big 4 sewer and my latest faves are:

Vogue 9032; which I'm sure you're tired of me waxing poetic about :-p
This pattern comes in sizes 6-14 and 14-22

McCall's 6996: sure I've only made one but there WILL be more (I'm going to use my wool jersey for this pattern!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
This pattern comes in sizes XS-M and L-XXL

McCall's 7093: Choosing the third pattern was more difficult and again, it was only made once but it's a GREAT pattern and has so many options!!!
This pattern comes in sizes 6-14 and 14-22

I was going to run out and buy these but realized I would have to choose a size band. I would rather pick a winner and let them tell me what size they need. So that's what we'll do there.



Prize C
Last but certainly not least; you gotta know that fabric is one of my absolute favorite things of all the things!

The winner of prize C will get a $15 (electronic) gift certificate to Fabric Mart!


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Leave a comment below to enter! Comments will close (10 p.m. CST) on
Friday January 23, 2015
comments are closed

Winners will be selected by random draw and announced on 
Saturday January 24, 2015

Things to note:
*Comment "A, B, C" with your preferred entries
*In House Patterns are PDF files; once a winner is announced, I will have you send me your pattern choice and email address and InHouse Patterns will send your pattern directly to you.
*The pattern pack winner will need to email me with their size choices and mailing address.
*FabricMart does offer international shipping but I assume it costs a pretty penny so keep that in mind if you're not in the US.

I will leave it open to all as the only thing I'll need to ship are the 3 patterns.

A sincere thank you everyone who reads, encourages, offer suggestions (THANK YOU!) here on my blog and just plain makes the sewing world a fun place to be. I am looking forward to my 3rd(!!) year of sewing blog craziness!

65 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! Happy Anniversary! Ring the bell! Sound the alarms! And of course I will to participate in the contest :) But what to choose?! Okay, I've not sewn any In House Patterns. Sign me up for "A". And here's to another year of sewing... Cheers!

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  2. I love your blog Natisha. Hard to believe you've been sewing for such a short period of time. My goodness, you've accomplished so much! I prefer Prize C. I got my eye on a few things at Fabric Mart.

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  3. Happy anniversary! I've only found your blog a few months ago, but am so glad I did. Keep up the good work! Please sign me up for prize A.

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  4. I still can't believe you're only hitting your 2nd anniversary...wow!! You do great work and I always look forward to reading your posts and pattern reviews. May your 3rd year be productive and fun!

    (I think I may have commented here once or twice before, but since I mostly just follow along from the sidelines, I'm going to sit out this giveaway; you're very generous to offer such great prizes, though, and I'm sure the winners will be very happy campers!)

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  5. Happy Blog-o-versary! Same as Kathy....I've never sewn with In-House patterns and have my eye on the Diana blouse :)

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  6. I just found your blog about a week ago and started following you on Bloglovin' :) You are a natural talent and fast, awesome! I've been sewing for years and am still slow. I would choose package C, I can never have enough fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. Congratulations! You've come so far in so short a time! Your skills have increased in leaps and bounds. I'll go for the PDF pattern from In House Patterns (I never did get the pattern I won on a previous giveaway of yours, so easier to avoid the post!). When I started sewing, I tried to keep up with you but you are so fast! I'm very slow and have decided that's okay, now - just as well. :)

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  8. I love how you are doing your own thing but at the same time sharing what you do so that hopefully we learn from your successes and mistakes. it speaks volumes that you even allow your mistakes to be shown let alone get feedback on them. Although I don't blog I guess I feel the same pain when I have a "wadder" ha ha. You are getting better and better. Keep it up and please enter me in the giveway Price pack B
    Thanks

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  9. Happy blog-o-versary! I read your blog regularly although never comment. It is very inspiring. Best of all and please sign me up for option C.

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  10. I'm a daily reader of your blog and am truly amazed that you have only been sewing for two years! thank you for giving me the opportunity to win option B is I was just on here yesterday and wrote McCall's 6996 down on my wish list.

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  11. I don't want to enter, I have been blessed to receive many beautiful prizes over the last half a year, so if this number comes up, move on to the next one, BUT...

    Congratulations on two years of blogging and sewing. You are amazing and continue to inspire me. I am so glad we get to be blogging buddies. :-)

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  12. I just wanted to congratulate you on your blogiversary! You've certainly come a long way! (just commenting, not entering). Keep it up Nakisha!

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  13. Congrats on your two anniversaries! You have accomplished so much in such a short time, and I love your enthusiasm. I'd be happy with any of the give-a-way options, but since I love FMart, I'll selected option C. thanks for the opportunity and keep up all the fun sewing!

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  14. Happy Anniversary! I am amazed to hear you have only been sewing for 2 years. You are fearless and make beautiful things! I have only been following about a month, on BLoglovin. I would like to enter for prize C please.

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  15. A or c ... I can't believe you e only been sewing your own for 2 years!

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  16. Wow, I can't believe that it's been two years! I don't know how I found you, but I remember following you from the start and calling you "girl Peter" (from MPB). Hah. I'm looking forward to sewing along with you in year three and beyond!

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  17. Happy, happy blog anniversary.. Such a wonderful two years..you have amazed me with your sewing ability .
    I would love to win A.. but honestly...A, B, or C would be great prizes.. Thank you for offering this..
    Happy sewing in year #3.

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  18. Love your blog and I will be in the Twin Ciites in early spring! Looking forward to visiting the fabric stores in the area. You inspired me to make pants! Thanks!

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  19. Congratulations for a job well done! I continue to learn from all that you post. Thanks!

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  20. You and I must have hit the blog waters about the same time - and I've enjoyed your blog all through - it's great to get a peak at all the clothes I would like to make but just don't have the energy to do - I live vicariously through yours sometimes :). Life is too short to make everything, isn't it? (or maybe not???). I'd love to win too, and I do, as you know, visit often. As I live downunder, I would hate to win something and have you incur postage, so hands up for a PDF, or even better, allow someone else to win!

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  21. I'm a new sewist as well as being relatively new to following your blog. You've only been sewing for 2 years? Wow!

    As a new sewist I don't have much of a pattern stash and would love to win Prize B.

    Congratulations and looking forward to year 3 of your blog,

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  22. I have been following your blog for 6 months and sewing for about a year. I am constantly amazed by all of the wonderful garments you make and the sheer volume! I assumed you had been sewing for years and years! Being a fuller busted person I would love to win package A the in house patterns - my only problem would be choosing which pattern!!

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  23. Always easy to agree with SarahLiz! Similarly I am in Oz so a PDF makes more sense.

    You have made extraordinary progress over two short years of sewing- which seems "about right" given your character. Wishing you well for the next year of sewing.

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  24. I have been an avid reader of your blog for about a year. Clearly though I am a lurker and not a contributor. Hopefully this will encourage me to comment more that I do know.

    I love that you make really honest posts and look forward to seeing your achievements.

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  25. Congratulations on your third year of sewing. I am constantly amazed at the speed in which you sew! I like Prize C.

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  26. I would have never thought you have been sewing 2 years! You have entered into you gifting. I really enjoy your posts on PR, IG, and Facebook. Happy Anniversary and I believe you have a lot more to share and show us in the future. Prize C. Thank you for wanting to share!

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  27. Congratulations on your anniversaries! Wow, I would not have thought you were only sewing for the few years you have been. I've been sewing for over 40 years and feel you are just as good as I am! You should definitely be proud of your accomplishments! Isn't sewing great?!

    I am very interested in Prize Pack B or C. I have already added the McCall's pattern 7093, every since I saw your version of it! Haven't picked up the pattern yet so winning it would be an extra prize! I'm very happy you're part of the Sewing community, and look forward to seeing many more of your creations!

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  28. Wow! Thank you. I do read your blog and enjoy it very much... Mostly because our body type is similar so I can see what something is going to look like (after adjustments) when you make it first!! Thanks for that!! :-) I'm interested in package A. I want to use more indie patterns this year. Thanks again!

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  29. Put my name in the jar, please! I have totally enjoyed watching your journey and wish you many more years of happy sewing!

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  30. Congrats on your Anniversary. Your skill is amazing, I would never have guessed you have only been sewing for 2 years. I follow your blog and also your reviews on PR. I enjoy your insight and your wit on both platforms. Like you I love fabric so package C would be the best for me. Happy sewing in year 3 and beyond.

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  31. You've been seeing for only 2 years! What growth in such a short span! It's taken me y;ears to get where I am. I admire your makes so much--expecially enjoy following your mini wardrobe capsule lately.

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  32. Congrats on your anniversary! Cheers to year 3! This is such a fun way to celebrate. Thank you for your generosity. Put my name in for prize A!

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  33. Yay! Congrats on your sewniversary! I follow you here and on PatternReview because you have a great sense of style! You've inspired me to buy more than one pattern! That you're a scientist only further endears you to me (I have a virtually unused biochemsistry degree).

    I think I have enough patterns to start a company, so I'll pick package C. Thanks sew much!

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  34. Congratulations on your anniversary! I read all of your blog posts and am guilty of 'lurking' -- I rarely comment (sorry!) but I truly love your reviews and reading of your plans and accomplishments and even the wadders - thanks for being honest, as your triumphs and failures are lessons for me. You and I have similar body shapes, so every pattern you recommend I have bought (and have the greatest of intentions to make)!! Thank you!!

    I would be delighted to win Prize C - Fabric Mart is one of the main locations for my fabric stash. Thanks again!!

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  35. Congrats on your anniversary! I totally read your blog :) and look forward to your posts. You have crazy mad sewing skills! I love trying new patterns and vote for A!
    Sue

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  36. Happy Anniversary!! I love your blog and am excited to read for another year. I like prize C, as I have never ordered fabric online and made that one of my 2015 sewing resolutions!

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  37. Congratulations on two awe-inspiring years! I'm not one for giveaways, just wanted to say good job! Looking forward to what you come up with this year. :)

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  38. Woohoo anniversaries! My Blogiversary is later this month :) Thank you for the giveaways, and I gotta go with Prize Pack B. That's a complete head-to-toe look!

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  39. New here. I like what I see and am catching up on old posts. Congratulations on your anniversary! What a great way to celebrate with a giveaway. I like prize C and prize A. I have done very little sewing lately and have vowed to "get back in the saddle again". My first project is going to be a Jalie 2805 top with some stash fabric.

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  40. Congrats! I love following your blog. :)

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  41. Congratulations, Nakisha. It's a joy following your projects. Since I've never tried In House patterns before, I'd put Prize A on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. Wow, I'm impressed that you have only been sewing for 2 years! You have a knack!
    I'd love to be signed up for Prize A. So bizarre, I don't remember having ever heard of them, but I just stumbled on there site literally 15 minutes before I saw your post. The stars are aligned ;) I love the Diana blouse

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  43. This is one of my favorite blogs!
    I would like to try for Prize B!

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  44. Wow, you make it difficult to choose. Option B would be my first choice, but all three are great prizes. I went gaga on your last post.

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  45. I've been reading your blog since the fitted shirt contest on PR and have commented a few times so I've just made it "official" by following you. :) Put me down for B please!

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  46. Ooh Option B would be my first choice, 6996 hadn't really caught my eye but you made it! Option C pretty much the same excitement since my last order from Fabric Mart was almost a whole month ago!
    I'm back to focusing on working on my garment sewing instead of quilts this year so I'm excited to be following!

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  47. I can't believe it is only 2 years since you started sewing. You produce a lot of stuff and at such good standard...
    Should I be lucky, I'll go the B as that raglan top you featured really caught my eye the other day and i noted it... this would save me buying patterns... cause as you know, you can never buy just one!

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  48. I love your work and your attention to detail. Your precise notes on your finished items are so helpful to me, as I have a similar body type to yours. I love your blog and hope you continue for a long time!

    Option C would be my pick. I like getting the mystery bundles from there...I enjoy the element of surprise!

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  49. Congratulations on your anniversary. Don't count me in on any of the generous give-aways (although they are lovely and I was tempted). I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog and enthusiasm for sewing. And I can't believe you have only been sewing for a few years, your talent is beyond those years. I'm looking forward to future posts.

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  50. You do a simply wonderful job and as I am a very erratic blog reader, I had NO IDEA you'd been sewing for just 2 years. My Goodness! You're AMAZING!

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  51. When I read that it was your two year blogiversary I never imagined that you started sewing when you started the blog... I had to go back to read you original post about how you started (good post... I too have a dress for which I had to have and rarely use!!!)... congratulations dear... i'm amazed by your output and by your lack of fear in tackling new projects!
    Would love to enter the giveaway for Pack B... I sew mainly from Burdastyle Magazines (we don't get Big 4 patterns where I live) and I would love to try one of them, maybe create my own mini wardrobe ;-)

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  52. Happy Blogiversary, Nakisha! (But please don't enter me in the giveaway.) You've come a long way in 2 years!

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  53. Happy, happy blogiversary! Please enter me in for prize B. Thanks!

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  54. Happy Sewaversary! I follow you everywhere (PR, FB sewing groups etc..-Don't worry I'm not a stalker just an admirer of your work) and I just recently started following your blog. I'm always in awe of how meticulous your garments are on the insides as well as outside. I would love to win Prize C

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  55. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog. I would love to win prize C.

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  56. You've only been sewing for 2 years? I would never have guessed. I just stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago. I'm in awe of your sewing talents. I would love to win prize C.

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  57. Happy Anniversary and what a great way to celebrate. Thank you for your generosity. I would love to win prize A, I need those D cups, lol!

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  58. Why, many happy returns of the (past, it was my birthday, no foolin') day. I would be an A lister, but mostly just want to pile on and say: Lady Chemist, continue to be most excellent! I thank you for all your amazing reviews, your successes and your failures, and for your generosity that makes my sewing a lot better. You are definitely one of the reasons why Pattern Review is so great. Thanks thanks thanks.

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  59. Congratulations!!! I am an avid reader of your blog trying to pick up tips on how you sew so fast!!! It is very impressive that you have been sewing such a short time but have accomplished so much. Keep up the excellent work and the blog. I always look forward to reading it. I would be happy with prize A or C. Congrats again!

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  60. I can't believe you have only been sewing for TWO years!!! Awesome!!!

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  61. Congratulations, girl! 2 years is def not that long but you are such an inspiration!! Sign me up for A(Diana) &C!

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  62. Nakisha - just want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog, you are such and inspiration and such fun to follow! I'm more of a lurker, and own far too many patterns already, so don't enter me in the giveaway, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy those moments when I grab a cup of coffee, click on your blog link and see what your latest creation is! (You are also an enabler, I'm headed to JoAnn's today to get that tee with the pockets!)

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  63. I think I missed the deadline of the giveaway (missed your post in my lonnnng blog feed), but wanted to say congratulations on your two year anniversary. You are one of my favorite blogs to stop by and I love all of your projects as we have similar tastes. Can't wait to see what you crank out of your machine in year 3!

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